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Product safety

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EU Toy Directive Germany advocates stricter limit values

The Federal Government finds it inacceptable that, since July 2013, the limit values for some heavy metals have been raised beyond the hitherto permissible levels in Germany as a consequence of the EU Toy Directive.

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International cooperation

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Sustainable Cocoa Forum: "Germany bears a special responsibility"

The "Sustainable Cocoa Forum", initiated by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in collaboration with industry and civil society in 2012, is currently repositioning itself. In the future it will work as an association advocating improved living conditions for cocoa farmers and supporting an increase in the market share of sustainably produced cocoa.

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Family Farming

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2014 – International Year of Family Farming

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2014 the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF 2014).

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Regional Products

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Regional labelling provides reliable and transparent identification

More and more consumers regard it as important to support agriculture in their region and secure regional jobs when shopping for groceries. Short transport routes, and thus better climate stewardship, also play a role in the purchasing decision of many customers.

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Common Agricultural Policy

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The Future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)

After years of intensive discussions between the EU Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and the EU Commission, the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was formally adopted.

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Global Trade

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Negotiating aims of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the EU and the USA (TTIP)

In addition to cutting tariffs and other trade restrictions, the BMEL's objective for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA is to maintain the high standards of German and European consumer protection.

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Common Fisheries Policy

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Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy

The Common Fisheries Policy will be radically reformed by the new basic regulation which came into force on 1st January 2014.

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